SELKIRK 2nds .. 3, JED-FOREST 2nds . 36

Jed too strong for lack-lustre Selkirk

Just when Selkirk 2nds were congratulating themselves on being top dogs in their new league their first home game turned into something of a nightmare as Jed turned the tables on them.
It wasn't a classic rugby match from either of the two sides and that's what made it worse for the Souters but it was lack of commitment which allowed Jed to go over the home line in the first five minutes with N. Kerr grabbing the first try.
Jed then demonstrated how to score with a well worked move starting with a chip from the wing to see Kerr touch down again and for R. Laing to add the conversion.
Selkirk were never out of the running at this stage in the game and continued to press the visitors. They were rewarded with a penalty which Gary Lyall easily kicked.
The Souters kept up the pressure and could have still turned the tables when they were robbed of the services of young McVie who was stretchered off and transferred to hospital with suspected back injuries.
The home side lost their stride then and almost inevitably R. McFarlane got another try for Jed-Forest which Laing once again converted to make 3-22 at half-time.
Selkirk defended well in the second half and were ever pressing Jed but Lady Luck was not on their side. McFarlane broke for the visitors from his own 22 to go under the Selkirk posts and give Laing the easiest of conversions.
As if almost to add insult to injury the Souters were still looking the stronger in the dying minutes when W. Graham the final try for the visitors which Laing again goaled.
The one bit of good news for Selkirk came after the match when McVie was released from Borders General Hospital with no apparent ill effects except his own prognosis that it felt "bluidy sair!"